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Future Self – Reverb 10, Day 21

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I’m writing this post on an airplane! I left my kindle at Ahmet’s apartment but thankfully Google is providing free wifi on Delta flights for a month, so here I am. I still wish I had my kindle though, considering I’m heading off on an even longer flight tomorrow, with no free wi-fi… but I will survive and get my kindle back in January. I haven’t sold my old Sony Reader yet, so I’ll have that for the next trip.

What is Reverb10?

December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

Dear Me,

I just want to say that it gets even better. It really does. What do I mean by it? Everything. Medicine. Life. Love. It all just keeps getting better.



And to 14 year old me:

Dear Me,

I don’t think there’s much I can tell you that will have much impact right now except that you will find what you’re looking for, and you’ll also find what you’re not looking for, but what turns out to be what you really needed/wanted.



I admit, there’s more I’d love to put in my letter from future me to current me, but I really don’t know how true it will turn out to be. I’m pretty confident though, that in the end, I’ll be content enough with how things go. I really do think it’ll all just keep getting better.

What do I know about me in five years? I should be 2.5 years into my residency. Most likely I’ll still have another 1.5 or 2.5 years to go, but there’s the minor chance that it will only be half a year more. Beyond that? I don’t know. My parrot, Chu, should still be alive. I could be married. I could have a kid (could I have two? I guess it’s possible, but I think it’s really unlikely). I’m going to bet I’ll have at least two more nieces/nephews. More of my friends will be married. More of them will have kids. I feel like I’m at a point where five years from now, my life is going to be very different than it is right now. And I’ll get there, five years from now.

Written by Aba

December 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm

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  1. Perfect. Both of those letters were just spot on.


    December 22, 2010 at 6:31 am

  2. I loved these. Simple and poignant.


    December 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

    • Thank you! I started long, and then realized I was just babbling so I made myself cut back. ^^


      December 22, 2010 at 11:17 am

  3. Great post! I didn’t really have much to say about my future self either because there is no way to know what my future will hold! Advice to my 15 year old self was pretty easy though.


    December 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    • Haha, yeah, it’s not so hard to think of advice for our teenage selves. :)


      December 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

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